UofA Going Tobacco-Free

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The University of Arkansas is on schedule to become one of the first universities in the country to completely ban tobacco and tobacco products from its campus.  University officials intend to give the Fayetteville campus community and its visitors more than a year to adjust to the policy, as the ban is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2008.

"Obviously, this is a health issue," said Mary Alice Serafini, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of the Pat Walker Health Center.  "Tobacco is harmful to anyone who uses it, and even non-users are harmed by second-hand smoke.  We see a tobacco-free campus as a health benefit for the entire campus community."

In 2001, the University of Arkansas joined many other schools in the country to ban smoking in its buildings and within 25 feet of all building entrances.  Tobacco sales also were banned on campus.  Since then, two members of the UA system have done more.  UAMS adopted a campus-wide smoking ban in July 2004.  The university's Fort Smith campus joined several smaller colleges and universities across the nation in going tobacco-free in January 2005.